Baltimore defensive back Bernard Pollard left no doubt whom he is rooting for when it comes to Super Bowl XLVI, telling KILT Radio in Houston that he hopes the Giants “just put a thrashing on the Patriots.”

Pollard’s Ravens lost to New England in the AFC championship game 23-20 on Sunday.

On a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said “we’ll see how it goes” when it comes to the health of tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was spotted at Gillette Stadium Monday in a walking boot after suffering an injury to his lower left leg in the AFC championship game.

“We haven’t practiced, obviously, in the last couple of days. We’ll just see how all that is when it’s time to go,” Belichick said when asked if he felt fortunate that the injury wasn’t more serious.

FOXBORO -- In the waning moments of Sunday’s AFC championship, the Ravens were a muddled mess.



Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork, in his weekly interview with The Big Show, said he wasn't sure whether his performance in the AFC championship game on Sunday was the best game he has played in his career. In the 23-20 victory against the Ravens, Wilfork created consistent pressure and accumulated six tackles and one sack. The veteran lineman attributed his effort to a strong performance in the week leading up to the game.

FOXBORO -- Less than 24 hours after his team won its seventh AFC championship and earned a berth in Super Bowl XLVI, Patriots owner Robert Kraft acknowledged Monday afternoon that he's never been able to watch a replay of the team's most crushing loss. 

"I've never been able to watch it," Kraft said when asked what he remembers about the Super Bowl XLII loss to the Giants four years earlier in Glendale, Ariz. 

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, as he begins preparation for his fifth Super Bowl. Brady admittedly was not at his best in Sunday's 23-20 victory over the Ravens, throwing two interceptions and no touchdowns, but the Patriots defense helped propel New England to the AFC title.

The early line out of Las Vegas has the Patriots as three-point favorites over the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

Cantor Gaming, which sets lines for several sports books, also set an over-under of 53 points.

"The public will still like New England," Cantor race and sports director Mike Colbert told The Associated Press. "I don't think people are actually hip to how good these NFC teams are."

The Glantz-Culver line had the Patriots as 3 1/2-point favorites, with an over-under of 55 1/2.

FOXBORO -- Forget everything you thought you knew about the 2011 Patriots.



"Well, I sucked pretty bad today but our defense saved us."

-- Tom Brady

FOXBORO -- He's right on both counts.



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For the second time in four years the Patriots will play the Giants in the Super Bowl.

In a hard-hitting defensive affair, the Giants took advantage of of a fumble by punt returner Kyle Williams that set up Lawrence Tynes for a 31-yard field goal that sent the Giants to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5 (6:20 p.m. on WEEI 93.7 FM) with a 20-17 victory in the NFC championship game. It's also a rematch of the Week 9 game between the Patriots and Giants in Foxboro on Nov. 6, when New York handed New England its last regular-season loss, 24-20.